Seller Story: Howard Weinberg, Washington, DC


“We grew up in a little Virginia town with less than 5,000 people and there was one tiny record store. My brothers and I would save up our allowances for weeks and weeks to go buy an album for eight dollars. That’s how much they would overcharge an eight-year-old because they had no competition!

Howard probably should have been a disc jockey, with how much of an audiophile he was. If you wanted to borrow a record from Howard, you couldn’t just come over and borrow a record. Howard was going to have you come over and he would play the record for you on his top-of-the-line turntables with the best quality speakers because he was so obsessed with preserving the collection and in enjoying the sound the way it was meant to be enjoyed. But you weren’t ever allowed to touch those records!

He would buy every pressing that Capitol Records released of The Beatles. He probably has fifteen copies of every Beatles record, not including the bootlegs or pressings from overseas like Japan and Germany. Some of the things like the box sets he collected are very rare. Anything related to The Beatles, he bought. He took great care in protecting these things because he recognized their value, and spent tens of thousands of dollars just purchasing mp3 backups of his vinyl collection so he could further preserve them.

In terms of maintaining his collection, he was obsessive. Every corner of the room was filled with albums in protective casings. When we were going through the collection, it was so deep that you could pull away hundreds of records and there would just be another row of records behind it. We’d come back after a day’s work of going through the collection and it would all be there again, it seemed. So it then became a joke, “Howard’s been back, he was out buying more records!” – Marc Weinberg, Brother

Seller Story: Howard Weinberg, Washington, DC
Seller Story: Howard Weinberg, Washington, DC
The Allman Brothers LPs Including "At Fillmore East"

The Allman Brothers LPs Including "At Fillmore East"

Final Bid:
$130
The Beatles "Abbey Road" Original Master Recording LP

The Beatles "Abbey Road" Original Master Recording LP

Final Bid:
$140
The Beatles "Return to Abbey Road" UK Fan Club LP

The Beatles "Return to Abbey Road" UK Fan Club LP

Final Bid:
$50
Nils Lofgren LPs Including "Cry Tough"

Nils Lofgren LPs Including "Cry Tough"

Final Bid:
$16
Iggy And The Stooges LPs Including "Raw Power" Original Dutch Pressing

Iggy And The Stooges LPs Including "Raw Power" Original Dutch Pressing

Final Bid:
$82
Black Sabbath "Vol. 4" Original US Pressing LP

Black Sabbath "Vol. 4" Original US Pressing LP

Final Bid:
$31
Prince "Purple Rain" LP with Poster and Related 12" Singles

Prince "Purple Rain" LP with Poster and Related 12" Singles

Final Bid:
$154
Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" Original Master Recording LP

Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" Original Master Recording LP

Final Bid:
$133
Metallica "Master of Puppets" First US Pressing LP

Metallica "Master of Puppets" First US Pressing LP

Final Bid:
$140
Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited LPs Including "Bollocks" Misprint

Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited LPs Including "Bollocks" Misprint

Final Bid:
$66
Cluster "Zuckerzeit" Original German Pressing LP

Cluster "Zuckerzeit" Original German Pressing LP

Final Bid:
$87
MC5 "Kick Out The Jams" Original French Pressing LP

MC5 "Kick Out The Jams" Original French Pressing LP

Final Bid:
$37
The Beatles "From Liverpool" Japanese LP Box Set

The Beatles "From Liverpool" Japanese LP Box Set

Final Bid:
$53
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Promotional LPs

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Promotional LPs

Final Bid:
$406
Cream LPs Including "Wheels of Fire" First Pressing

Cream LPs Including "Wheels of Fire" First Pressing

Final Bid:
$104
Pink Floyd "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" LP

Pink Floyd "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" LP

Final Bid:
$77
"The Beatles Collection" 45 rpm Singles Box Set

"The Beatles Collection" 45 rpm Singles Box Set

Final Bid:
$201
Townes Van Zandt "Delta Momma Blues" Promotional Poppy Records LP

Townes Van Zandt "Delta Momma Blues" Promotional Poppy Records LP

Final Bid:
$51
Can "Ege Bamyasi" Original US Pressing LP

Can "Ege Bamyasi" Original US Pressing LP

Final Bid:
$102
Nine Inch Nails "The Downward Spiral" Promotional Double LP

Nine Inch Nails "The Downward Spiral" Promotional Double LP

Final Bid:
$160
Lou Reed "Transformer" Original US Pressing LP

Lou Reed "Transformer" Original US Pressing LP

Final Bid:
$51
Short Cross "Arising" Original Private Press LP

Short Cross "Arising" Original Private Press LP

Final Bid:
$100
Sonic Youth "Daydream Nation" First Pressing Double LP

Sonic Youth "Daydream Nation" First Pressing Double LP

Final Bid:
$90
Jimi Hendrix Experience "Electric Ladyland" Original UK Pressing LP

Jimi Hendrix Experience "Electric Ladyland" Original UK Pressing LP

Final Bid:
$280
The Beatles "The 1964 And 1965 Ed Sullivan Shows" LP

The Beatles "The 1964 And 1965 Ed Sullivan Shows" LP

Final Bid:
$96
New Order LPs Including "Power, Corruption, & Lies"

New Order LPs Including "Power, Corruption, & Lies"

Final Bid:
$80
The Beatles "White Album" 1976 German Pressing LP on White Vinyl

The Beatles "White Album" 1976 German Pressing LP on White Vinyl

Final Bid:
$85
The Police LPs Including "Synchronicity"

The Police LPs Including "Synchronicity"

Final Bid:
$106
The Kinks LPs Including "You Really Got Me" Original Mono Pressing

The Kinks LPs Including "You Really Got Me" Original Mono Pressing

Final Bid:
$37
Led Zeppelin US Pressing LPs

Led Zeppelin US Pressing LPs

Final Bid:
$250
Television and Tom Verlaine LPs Including "Marquee Moon" Original Pressing

Television and Tom Verlaine LPs Including "Marquee Moon" Original Pressing

Final Bid:
$70
The Beatles "Rubber Soul" Original Master Recording LP

The Beatles "Rubber Soul" Original Master Recording LP

Final Bid:
$110
Jethro Tull "Aqualung" Original Master Recording LP

Jethro Tull "Aqualung" Original Master Recording LP

Final Bid:
$75
Rolling Stones "Sticky Fingers" LP

Rolling Stones "Sticky Fingers" LP

Final Bid:
$80
The Beatles "Please Please Me" Original Master Recording LP

The Beatles "Please Please Me" Original Master Recording LP

Final Bid:
$40
Chicago "Chicago Transit Authority" Original Master Recording Double LP

Chicago "Chicago Transit Authority" Original Master Recording Double LP

Final Bid:
$49
Electric Light Orchestra LPs Including "Out of the Blue"

Electric Light Orchestra LPs Including "Out of the Blue"

Final Bid:
$81
The Beatles "Abbey Road" 1976 Japanese Pressing LP

The Beatles "Abbey Road" 1976 Japanese Pressing LP

Final Bid:
$35
Uriah Heep LPs Including "The Magician's Birthday"

Uriah Heep LPs Including "The Magician's Birthday"

Final Bid:
$27
Guns N Roses "G N'R Lies" Club Edition Pressing LP

Guns N Roses "G N'R Lies" Club Edition Pressing LP

Final Bid:
$50
Shop More From This Sale
Seller Story: Howard Weinberg, Washington, DC

What was it like record shopping with him?

He could easily spend hours and hours at a record store. Howard would very carefully go through every section, and if there were used records he’d inspect them thoroughly in the light for scratches and blemishes. He’d talk to managers and employees and ask about specific singles, releases and rarities. I brought him to Amoeba Records in Los Angeles where I used to live, and he walked in and looked around and said, “Well, it’s OK but it’s no Plan Nine.”

Is that where he sourced most of his collection?

In Richmond, he loved going to the local record store called Plan Nine. He bought a lot of his records there; new records, used records, imports, everything. Oftentimes, the record stores would buy for Howard. They would place orders for him because they knew he was a serious collector. He would also go to shows and conventions for vinyl collectors, where he picked up a rare copy of Yesterday and Today by The Beatles, notorious for its cover which was almost immediately censored after its release.

What kinds of things was he looking for?

He was focused on finding obscure and unusual releases from The Beatles. Early in their U.S. career, they didn’t sign with one particular label. There are a number of singles released on different labels that were quickly pulled off the shelves after they signed with Capitol. Particularly, “She Loves You” on Swan Records, and promotional singles that were released to radio DJs prior to the record release.